German Angelique Kerber has won her maiden grand slam singles title following claiming the 2016 Australian Open Women’s Singles Title following a titanic struggle against world number one Serena Williams in the Women’s Single’s Final in Melbourne on Saturday night.
In a thrilling contest which took just over two hours to complete, Kerber the tournament sixth seed produced the goods when most needed on her way to a three set 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory over Williams in front of a sell-out crowd at Rod Laver Arena.
The victory by Kerber saw her climb to number two in the rankings as she become the first German women to win the year’s first grand slam since the legendary Steffi Graf did it 22-years ago.
“I had a really crazy two weeks,” Kerber said at her post-match media conference. “I mean, with the first round where I was match point down, and then with the win over Azarenka in the quarters; I never beat her. And now to play against Serena, what was a real honour to play against her in a Grand Slam final.”
“I knew before that I beat her once in Cincinnati, that I really must go out there to try to beat her again because she will not give it to me. It was a really great match from both of us. Really, it’s a special moment for me.”
All the talk heading into the final was about Williams, who was aiming for her sixth title at Melbourne Park but the veteran American was played off the court early on.
Kerber broke the Williams serve early on to open a lead but Williams fought back before the German once again broke the 34-year-old’s serve then served it out to take the opening set.
As expected, Williams the 21 grand slam singles champion fought back in the second set and managed to square the match as she started to get on top.
However Kerber wouldn’t go down without a fight and produced the goods when most counted once again in what was an incredible third set as she broke the Williams serve then held her own to hold a 5-2 lead.
To her credit Williams wouldn’t go down without a fight as she held serve then broke the Kerber serve but the German managed one last break to claim what was a memorable victory in what was one of the best women’s finals in recent memory.
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